Each week I interview someone who has experienced infertility firsthand. This week, I’m chatting with Catie from Little Wood Project. She’s one of the nominees for RESOLVE’s 2015 Hope Award for Best Blog and she shares her infertility and PCOS story with us. Enjoy!
Q. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a portrait photographer and I have been married to my husband, a database administrator, for six years. We live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, although I am from California and he is an Army brat, having moved several times throughout his childhood. We got married when we were 26, and since we had spent the majority of our dating relationship long-distance, we wanted to spend our first couple of years as a married couple, just the two of us. I remember telling my husband that I figured we could start trying right around turning 30…since my mom had always told me that your fertility declines and becomes more complicated after 35 (she is a maternity nurse). We had no idea what lay ahead.
Q. How long have you been trying to conceive and what issues are you facing?
We have been trying to conceive since early 2013 after stopping birth control pills at the end of 2012. In 2012, I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and had been put on birth control to regulate my periods since we were not trying to conceive. After coming off the pill, my periods came back on their own, but they ranged in irregularity from 31 days to 42 days in length. Finding out that I had PCOS was one of the answers as to why I had been having trouble losing weight. PCOS symptoms also include insulin resistance, unwanted facial hairs, sugar/carb cravings, irregular periods, anovulation, and infertility. Turns out that because of my PCOS symptoms, I was not ovulating regularly. We tried a couple rounds of Femara, a couple rounds of Clomid, and then two Clomid + trigger shot rounds. During the Femara rounds, I would go into the doctor to do a blood draw to confirm ovulation. Also, since my periods are irregular, the actual day of ovulation is kind of unpredictable. I was going to see my OBGYN for these first couple rounds of medicated cycles. One of the things she noticed is that my uterine lining was thin when they would do the ultrasounds to check on follicles. I had been referred to a Reproductive Endocrinologist to address the thin lining issue, but I had a terrible experience where I felt like the doctor wasn’t listening to me and I just felt really overwhelmed at the entire process. Right now we’re in the process of meeting with a new Reproductive Endocrinologist. We had a great consultation and I feel very confident in this new doctor. She was kind, empathetic, really listened to our concerns and took a thorough history- completely different than the other doctor.